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April 14, 2011

"The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin" โ€” Soviet Sci-Fi Cinema

From Open Culture: "Seen by over 20 million Russians when it came out in 1965, "The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin" was a film based on a 1927 novel by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, who is not to be confused with his famous relative Leo Tolstoy. This Tolstoy is generally thought of as the father of Russian science fiction, and "The Garin Death Ray" was one of his most famous books (Vladimir Nabokov considered it his best)."

"'Hyperboloid' was written and directed by Aleksandr Ginzburg, a highly gifted cinematographer who never quite reached the career heights his talent might have warranted, in part because of his Jewish origins, and in part because of the narrow range of artistic freedom allowed directors working for the State-run cinema. Ginzburg stayed well within that range for this film, which leaves us with an oddly compelling mix of Soviet propaganda and 60's pop-scifi."

"The plot? Just think of it as a beautifully-lit proto-"1984," with subtitles and laser beams, starring Big Brother as the good guy."


I'm thinking that this film is gonna be boffo in Diamond Bar.

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Joe, TY for bringing boffo to the vocab table!

Excellent word very seldom used nowadays, even by reviewers.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Apr 14, 2011 5:12:12 PM

Hooked - I bought it.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Apr 14, 2011 4:42:48 PM

YouTube's version could stream via your iPad 2's video mirroring.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Apr 14, 2011 4:35:12 PM

Netflix didn't have a streaming version and Serge in NJ had a mint copy.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Apr 14, 2011 2:39:45 PM

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